Coach Gill from Nebraska pays Clayton a visit

Keenan Clayton has lost count of his offers. When they show up four a day though, like they did today, it is easy to understand why. Four more teams to an already impressive list are in for the Clayton sweepstakes.

You don't need to look very hard at a new trend in the NFL that teams are trying to get for their teams. They are looking for linebacker-sized, safeties who can run, cover and hit. Keenan Clayton is your man.

The safety from Sulphur Springs, Texas comes in at 6-foot-2 and close to 200 pounds. He carries with him a 4.5/40 and cover skills like a cornerback.

"My biggest strength is my ability to cover and that I can run downhill and make a tackle," Clayton said. "It's not hard to me. I played cornerback before I played safety. I can play man to man or zone coverage."

As the conversation started Clayton thought that he was just holding twelve offers. Then he remembered some and the number now is 15 with another one on the way possibly.

"LSU told my coach that they were going to offer. I haven't received anything written from them though that makes it official."

Without that LSU letter Clayton is still holding offers from Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Arkansas and Texas A&M. That was before today.

"I got four new offers today. Today Texas Tech, Missouri, Houston and UTEP all offered."

The biggest mystery to Clayton is the home-state school Texas' position on the stand-out from Sulphur Springs. He hasn't received an offer from them yet.

"Not yet I haven't. I haven't spoke to them in the past week. I am supposed to go down to the state track meet there this weekend. Who knows, maybe they will offer me then?"

At this point Clayton says that his top three would include Oklahoma, Texas and LSU. There may be an asterisk by Texas though.

"I'm kinda "iffy" about them (Texas). I really don't know what they are thinking."

The top four just by going by his offers would be Oklahoma, Arizona, LSU and Texas A&M according to Clayton. Although LSU has not officially extended the offer the verbal gets them in this list as well as his overall top three.

One team that recently entered the race for Clayton is Nebraska. A Nebraska coach was making the rounds down in Texas last week and left an offer from Clayton.

"Nebraska was down here maybe a week ago. Coach Turner Gill was here at the school last Tuesday or Wednesday. They offered me then."

"That is kind of far from home. They have a good program there. I haven't paid too much attention to their defense lately. I knew that they had a good offense a couple of years ago."

"I wouldn't mind playing for them. Then again I wouldn't mind playing college football for anyone to tell you the truth."

Clayton earned all-district honors as a safety last year. He also earned third team all-state honors as a punt returner.


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